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May Shan Hotel

Great location

What we say: 3.5 stars

Whether coming from a taxi or a walkway, the way to May Shan Hotel is full of excitement and sights. Right in front of Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon (Rangoon), the entrance into the building is slightly less awe-inspiring, but leads you into a decent, comfy and clean hotel.

A discrete entrance lost in the busy streets

A discreet entrance lost in the busy street.

The first to welcome you to this hotel are not a doorman or the desk, but money-changers and a noodle stand among the mayhem of downtown. A window display of intriguing artwork stands next to the entrance and with a step through the door, air-con and a friendly staff welcome you into a dimly lit lounge.

A skinny elevator will whisk you to the seven floors above. We checked out a US$45 single room located down a long and clean tiled hallway; double rooms go for US$60 and a triple at the top with the “Sule Pagoda View” goes for US$80. (We noticed for the dates we checked Agoda.com has a higher price for the single bedroom.)

The blue toilet of adequacy

The blue toilet of adequacy.

The room we were shown had horses running down a mountain painted on the tiles above the bed — who doesn’t love quirkiness? Rooms are spic and span and packed fairly tight with furnishings that are both useful and decorative. Among the bunch is an armoire with a full mirror, a desk, table stands and a small entertainment centre that holds a phone and a tiny television. The bathroom is adequate and clean with a Western toilet and hotwater shower.

Dreaming of horses

Dreaming of horses.

A small breakfast is included in the price and free WiFi can be used in the lounge. Room service is around the clock and a laundry service is available. While the rooms are decent value, what isn’t at May Shan is their airport transfer for US$15; save your money and pay half the price by stepping outside and grabbing one of the many taxis that you normally have to dodge.

Where May Shan Hotel really shines is its location right next door to Sule Pagoda and Independence Monument and park. Just around the corner is Bogyoke Aung San Market and the downtown markets. Taking into account this location, comfort and amenities, May Shan Hotel is adequate value for those travellers looking for a decent hotel but not wanting to pay the now-outrageous prices at the high-end hotels that share the same road.


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Contact details:

115 Sule Pagoda Rd, downtown Yangon.  T: (09) 1252 986 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Triple air-con private b'room 80 80 With views, top floor
Standard - Single 45 45
Standard - Double 60 60

Added to Travelfish on: 22nd November, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 22nd November, 2013

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Once called a nebula of good energy, Christopher wasn't impressed by where his institutional learning took him and blames travel and wonderfully eccentric people for where he is today: Burma (Myanmar).
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May Shan Hotel
115 Sule Pagoda Rd, downtown Yangon. 
T: (09) 1252 986 
http://www.mayshan.com/

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